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Your Sense of Taste While on Chemo

by Jane Ashley

One of the big complaints among many cancer patients on chemotherapy or having radiation therapy is that food doesn’t taste the same. Some say that food tastes “funny.” Others complain that their favorite “comfort foods” don’t taste the same. 

Brush Your Teeth

Our sense of taste recognizes sweet, sour, bitter and sweet, but cancer treatment can affect our sense of taste. Common taste changes include:

• Your favorite foods taste bland.
• Sweet, salty or bitter foods taste different.
• Everything tastes...

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"Beachbum5817" Reaching Milestones in Her Life Once Thought Unobtainable

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week is "Beachbum5817", a breast cancer survivor who has, as of this writing,  passed the five year mark by seven months. She shares her story of finding a lump through surgery, treatments, doubts, pain, lows, and highs, and through to being a five year survivor. This is her story.

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Above: Beachbum5817 and her Daughter celebrating after her last radiation treatment

I had my yearly mammogram in Sept. 2013, and I received a card in the mail saying that everything...

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WhatNext Nominated For 4 Categories in the WEGO Health Awards

by GregP_WN

Wego Health Awards

We are honored to be nominated in the WEGO Health Awards again this year. So far, we've been nominated in four categories:

Best in Show-Support Community

According to the WEGO Awards site, this means someone who has created an amazing online community or threaded forum that houses important conversations about health. Through either their own site or an open online space, they bring people together. Their leadership takes the form of active community management, engagement, and...

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Lower Your Risk of Falling During Cancer Treatments

by Jane Ashley

Did you know that cancer patients are more likely to fall compared to the general population? In patients over 65, between 30 and 50 percent of cancer patients fall during or after their treatment. However, oncologists don’t believe that the aging process is to blame for their increased fall risk. Younger cancer patients are also at greater risk to fall. 

Dont Trip

But for older patients, they are more likely to be seriously injured — broken bones and head injuries may lead to the loss of being...

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Things Cancer Patients Wish They Had Known Before Their Cancer

by GregP_WN

It seems like almost everyone has something that they wish they had known about cancer and treatments before it started. We asked the WhatNext Community about their answers and we got a wide range of answers. Their answers range from the financial issues, to keeping better records , and making better decisions, these are some of their answers:

Things I Wish I Knew About Cancer Before I Got Cancer

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1. Get second opinions.

2. Find out more about your cancer before you blindly follow doctors.

3. Remember that people say weird things to...

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WhatNexter of The Week - "Carool" A 20 Year Breast Cancer Survivor

by GregP_WN

Our WhatNexter of the Week is "Carool" she is a 20 year breast cancer survivor and a regular contributor to WhatNext. The following is her own cancer story in her own words. 

I’m Carool. I was born and remain in Brooklyn, NY. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 5, 1999. 

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Above: Carool at the opening of the Monmouth Museum Group Show


I found a lump in the upper part of my left breast in January of 1999, when I was 51. At first I thought it was nothing - and I’m someone...

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Receiving Bad News Over The Phone

by Jane Ashley

A disturbing new trend is emerging in the diagnosis of cancer. More patients (60 percent, in fact, of breast cancer patients) receive their diagnosis of cancer over the phone. It seems that some patients would prefer to learn the results of their tests as quickly as possible, even it’s via a phone call. Perhaps younger patients who use “phone and text” as their primary means of communications don’t want to wait for an appointment — they want to know ASAP.

60 Percent

But is this the best method to...

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Tumor Boards - What Are They, Who Are They, Why Are They Looking At My Case?

by Jane Ashley

Perhaps you’ve heard of a tumor board or tumor committee and wondered, “What is a tumor board?” A tumor board is a group of medical professionals from many specialties who meet regularly to review cancer patients’ records and recommend the most effective treatment for a particular patient. Think of the tumor committee as a “group second opinion.”

The Tumor Board

Types of specialists that comprise a tumor committee

A diverse group of physicians and medical specialists make up the tumor committee. They always...

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What Do You Call Yourself? Warrior, Fighter, Patient, Victim?

by Jane Ashley

What do we want to be called? All of us here at WhatNext.com either have cancer, are caregivers of someone with cancer or are cancer survivors. But what do we want to be called? The news media and our communities give us names, but many of us don’t like the names that others have chosen.

Cancer Journey

We didn’t choose cancer — cancer chose us. And I’d like to think that we are INSPIRING to others. We’ve taken the worst possible circumstances and done the best that we can to overcome one of the most...

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What is Chemo Brain and How Do You Cope?

by Jane Ashley

Chemo brain is an expression used by cancer patients and survivors. This phrase describes the cognitive symptoms and effects that cancer treatment may cause. Although most often associated with the mental changes caused by chemotherapy, these mental lapses can also occur with radiation or hormone therapy.

Chemo Brain Is Real

We, as cancer survivors, have to have a sense of humor about the entire topic. There is confusion over how we spell this side effect — is it “chemobrain” or “chemo brain” — or is it what...

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